Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Review: The Martian by Andy Weir was a September read for our book club, The Book Cove. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! My inner math nerd rejoiced at all the calculations and science that Weir included. I’m sure many readers glossed over the technical stuff but I love how it activated my mathematical side. The main character, Mark Watney, was a biologist/mechanical engineer with enough witty sarcasm to balance out all the problem solving required for being stranded on Mars. Weir kept the pace up and I had a hard time putting the book down. Mark faced so many set-backs that at one point, I wasn’t sure that he would survive. Weir included third person chapters that drove the story’s critical theme; life is worth saving. The final page drove home that theme with the quotes “…every human being has the basic instinct to help each other out.” and “Yes, there are a$$holes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.” I would recommend this book to all who love Sci-Fi, survival, space and Math! I probably will not re-read The Martian but I would be willing to read more of Weir’s stories. I rated this book 4/5 stars.